Category Archives: collaboration

Making Lists: Arbitrary, but useful, way of focusing

I do a lot of trainings and workshops for Boulder Digital Works. One of the trademarks of all the BDW programs is immersion and interaction. Every day, we try to have breakout sessions where people work together to solve a problem, figure something out, or brainstorm ideas. Then they report back to the larger group. […]

Collaboration and sharing ecosystem

Over the last year, I’ve become a huge fan of Evernote(*). It’s part of my collaborative ecosystem. This video from has a nice scenario for how people are connecting the dots with a cloud-based tool like Evernote pulling it together. Only 0:46. Also, I like how the whiteboard is used as a giant notepad […]

Cognitive Empathy Quotes

“If you can’t give a compelling version of your opponent’s argument, you really haven’t thought through your own position.” – M Gelb “the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function [is] a sign of a first-rate intelligence” – F Scott Fitzgerald

You can’t hire your way out of a problem or into a new business

Two articles come to me today, reminding us that recruiting and hiring is only half (maybe less) of the equation. You need to cultivate talent to win, and A teams often have deep roots with each other and the culture. The first piece is from the Today show of all places and I have no […]

Chairman Jobs on teams, A players, and priorities

An oldie, but an enduringly good one, Business Week interviews Steve Jobs about how he did what he did at Apple and Pixar. On the need to think teams: No major work that I have been involved with has been work that can be done by a single person or two people, or even three […]

“Grifter, hitter, hacker, thief…”

“Grifter, hitter, hacker, thief. You’re all trying to solve *your* version of the crime, instead of just trying to solve the crime. There’s a reason we work together.” – Leverage

Designing an HTML tag . . . is actually fascinating

I’m getting up to speed on the upcoming tech wave by reading the finally published “HTML5 Up and Running”, by Mark Pilgrim. That sentence just feels sad (though necessary), but the first chapter of the book is really, really interesting. In a section titled “A Long Digression into how Standards Are Made”, Pilgrim walks us […]